Dot is now around 6 and before she got much older, I wanted to make sure we have comfy places to lay down. The dogs are crated at night so I also wanted to make sure the beds they were on were as comfortable as possible as she ages.
Buy an orthopedic foam mattress pad, cut it to size and make my own covers. I bought my mattress pad from Walmart, and had it shipped to the store for free to save on shipping. With some creative cutting, I got five medium-sized dog beds out of a twin mattress pad. I had the fleece that I used to sew the covers on hand, but even if you had to include the fabric cost, I got five dog beds for under $50. A BARGAIN when one can easily cost that much!